Today’s featured post is by G. Scott MacLeod, who has successfully embodied the mission of the Northern Women Arts Collaborative by combining both scientific research and art. Based on an exhibit and research project carried out at the National Museum of Iceland, Scott has created a film and graphic novel about the life of a…

The Borgund Kaupang Project, Norway.

https://youtu.be/h3lBIp4byqQ The site of Borgund Kaupang located on the western coast of Norway in the vicinity of Ålesund, is a Viking Age harbor and trade site where occupation and commerce continued until the Late Middle Ages. It was also a medieval ecclesiastic center with evidence of 4 churches, possibly even 5. It is not yet clear…

Pile Weaving on the Warp Weighted Loom in Norway.

Osterøy Museum, Hordaland, Norway. A while back we did a post on varafeldir by Hildur Hákonardóttir which is the Icelandic term for pile weaving. In Norway it is known as the same thing, varafeld.  It is unclear where this technique originated  but evidence suggests remote origins in the Mediterranean where to this day, various types of…

Research upends theory that Vikings taught Inuit how to spin yarn.

Article was published in the Globe and Mail, July 22 nd, 2018. https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-research-upends-theory-that-vikings-taught-inuit-how-to-spin-yarn/?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=Referrer%3A+Social+Network+%2F+Media&utm_campaign=Shared+Web+Article+Links This is based on research conducted by Michèle Hayeur Smith, Kevin P. Smith, and Gørill Nilsen. Michèle is part of the Northern Woman Arts Collaborative.  The paper was published in the Journal of Archaeological Science last week. The academic paper demonstrates that…

Artists and climate change

For those among you interested in climate change and the North specifically, this site and project was brought to my attention by Chantal  Bilodeau, its creator. Chantal is a playwright and is the artistic director of  The Arctic Cycle , Founder, Artists & Climate Change, Co-founder, Climate Change Theatre Action , Curator, Theatre in the Age of Climate Change Check out Chantal’s…

Stringing Together Purpose and People

  I remember playing Cats Cradle as a kid in New Jersey.  I never really thought about where the game came from.  Recently however, while talking with anthropological archeologist Michele Hayeur Smith, I learned a bit about Inuit culture and life in the Circumpolar Region that led me to do further research and to the…

Traditional and Contemporary Textile Art in Northern Iceland

by Heidi Bergstrom Some people are fortunate enough to make it to Reykjavik but not the environs further away when they go to Iceland and therefore they miss the opportunity to experience an immense and diverse range of culture that I learned, can be had in the country. Encounters with contemporary art of a high calibre are just one…